The case against Congressman Steve Stockman turned almost exclusively on four checks totaling $950,000 donated by two donors to two non-profit organizations. However, prosecutors have kept citing a larger figure in the media and in sentencing by including donations made years earlier that weren’t even part of the counts against him. They allege the money was misspent, finding its way to Stockman, his friends, and his campaigns. The truth is Steve drew modest income from one of the non-profits for his work for the organization before he took office as a U.S. congressman. After taking office, not a single penny of the donations came to Stockman. All the money was spent on legitimate non-profit expenses.
In fact, both donors were satisfied Stockman was a good steward of their money and used it for educational programs as promised … until the government came claiming otherwise with hypothetical questions.
Specifically, Stockman was found guilty on 23 charges:
Four counts Mail fraud (counts 1-4)
Four counts Wire fraud (counts 5-8)
One count of Conduit campaign contributions (count 9)
Two counts of False statements (counts 10-11)
One count of Excessive campaign contribution (12)
Eleven counts of Money laundering (Counts 14-22, 24, 27)
One count of False tax filing (28)
All charges stem from donations to non-profits (the same types of donations the IRS tried to block going to Tea Party groups). After investigations combing down every single thread of Stockman’s life for decades, at least three grand juries refused to indict until government lawyers finally found a fourth grand jury willing to indict on these cooked-up charges.
Coincidentally, the signatory on the indictment of Stockman is one of the DOJ officials Lois Lerner copied on emails arranging with the DOJ the persecution of conservative non-profits.
If DOJ hadn’t settled on these their favorite charges against conservatives (fraud, money laundering, campaign finance issues), prosecutors and their corrupt partners – Lerner’s former IRS division, they would have kept conniving until they found a complaint that would bring an indictment.
Even if the donations totaling $950,000 were inappropriately spent –which they were not – how fair is a penalty of 283 years in prison that they totaled when murderers frequently get only 20 years? Democrat Jon Corzine lost $1.2 billion in transactions that could never be justified yet was never even charged.
Democrat William “Cold Cash” Jefferson was convicted on multiple charges of bribery and corruption schemes worth over $200 million but was only sentenced to 13 years. Later, his term was reduced to “time served” or just over 5 years. Democrat Jon Edwards was tried for using over $1 million of campaign donations to hide his adulterous affair. He only faced 30 years in prison. Following a partial mistrial, the DOJ decided not to retry him, so he served no time. The blatant double standard in these cases underscores political retribution was the real motivation.
On November 7, 2018, Stockman was sentenced to 10 years in prison and $1,014,000 restitution, to be shared with two co-defendants. However, a 2016 study found the average prison sentence for public corruption convictions was thirteen months.